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Katherine completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2010 under the supervision of Prof Graham Johnston and A/Prof Robin Allan. Here she focussed on the development of conformationally restricted GABA analogues as potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorders. Following this, she held a position as an associate lecturer in the Pharmacology Department at the University.
After 3 years in academia, Katherine took up a position as an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow in the Material Sciences and Engineering Division of the CSIRO in Melbourne. Here her work focussed on the development of biologically active polymers, based on CSIRO’s patented RAFT technology. She was appointed as a research scientist in CSIRO Manufacturing in 2015, also taking on a part time placement in 2016 as an advisor to Senator Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
In recognition of her track record, Katherine was awarded the CSIRO Staff Association Women in Science award in 2013, a Julius Career Development award in 2016 and was selected as AIPS Victorian Tall Poppy of the Year in 2016.
Katherine is also committed to encouraging more Indigenous Australians to take up STEM education. She has been responsible for creating relationships with remote and regional Indigenous schools to support the development of new science programs.
CSIRO Cutting Edge Science and Engineering Symposium, 2019
27 May, 2019 • 45 people in the audience
Katherine has headed up a team who have produced a comprehensive Global and Recycled Plastics Market Analysis Report in 2017 which draws on expert opinion sourced from key research, indus...